Canyon's Torque CF 8.0 crowned Enduro Bike of the Year 2018

Canyon's new long-travel bike is a truly capable trail tamer

Canyon's Torque CF 8.0 has been crowned Enduro Bike of the Year for 2018.

BikeRadar has teamed up with Mountain Biking UK magazine to put together one of the biggest comparative bike tests, with categories for both trail and enduro bikes.

Over 30 bikes were tested during winter, from which winners in both shorter travel trail bikes and longer travel enduro bikes were found.

Canyon's Torque CF 8.0 crowned Enduro Bike of the Year 2018

Bikes were tested extensively here in the UK, from big loops in the hills to laps of Bike Park Wales. Finally, the top five from each category were taken to the mountains behind the Italian town of San Remo for the final showdown on the rugged, rocky and steep terrain.

In the Enduro Bike category, bikes with 150mm of rear wheel travel or above and priced from £2,600–£3,350 / $2,600–$5,000 were pitted against each other.

We were looking for bikes that were confident, fast and capable on the gnarliest of trails, yet also happy pedalling back up to the top for another lap.

After all our testing, in the UK and Italy, it was decided that the Canyon Torque CF 8.0 was the best all-round enduro bike in the test.

The performance of the rear suspension really impressed
The performance of the rear suspension really impressed

While it doesn't have the craziest geometry, the bike's rear suspension impressed, as did the kit plugged in to the well-detailed frame.

Its low centre of mass and great tyre combo meant it was an absolute demon in the turns and hugely capable when things got rough.

Competitive competition

While the Canyon came out on top, there were plenty of others that nearly made the top spot.

Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for four years. Tom also enjoys racing events like the Strathpuffer and the Trans Nepal.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep and super tech or fast and flowy
  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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